Mari “Dev” Ramsawakh is a disabled and non-binary freelance writer, workshop facilitator, podcaster and creator. They were the 2019 TVO Short Docs Contest winner for their short film, “Fluid” which has screened at ReelAbilities Film Festival, North Bay Film Festival, among others. Their second short film “Shark Skin” has screened at Toronto Queer Film Festival.
They have written on media and pop culture, health and science, politics and current affairs, and lifestyle. They have written for Insider, HuffPost Canada, CBC, them, Xtra, Leafly, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Bitch Media, Nuance, The Establishment and other publications. They are also featured in Disability Visibility, an essay anthology on disability by disabled writers and activists. Dev’s work is focused on increasing representation for racialized, queer, and disabled people in modelling, in journalism, and in other forms of media.
Dev also co-facilitates workshops on ableism with a collective called CRIP. They have facilitated workshops for organizations such as LGBT Youthline, the Revision Centre, PEAK volunteers at Planned Parenthood Toronto, York CUPE 3909 union, U of T’s Lead with Pride Conference, the Bricks & Glitter festival and others. They have also spoken on the Art As Social Practice Panel with Paperhouse Outreach Collective, at Playground Conference and the Equity 20-20 Summit, as well as facilitated a group discussion for the AIDS Committee of Durham Region. As part of CRIP, they were also consulted on the development of the series bible and character design of a children’s TV animated series.
Dev was also the producer of podcasts Cripresentation and (now defunct) Sick Sad World (which once performed a live show at the ROM as part of their Friday Night Live event) and is editor of the Leaders of Colour podcast and Possibilities Podcast. Their fiction has been published in Two Times Removed: An anthology of Indo-Caribbean fiction, Toronto 2033 an anthology from Spacing Magazine, as well as The Hart House Review.
They have also worked as a digital marketer, writing blog posts and managing social media for organizations such as The Word On The Street Toronto and Protellus. They have also worked as a producer on Radio LUMI for Luminato Festival Toronto, associate producer for CBC Kids News, and a researcher in CBC’s Unscripted, digital department.
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